Stories From the Nerd Herd

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A collection of twenty-nine short stories about geeks.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316008095
Branch Call Number: y GEEKTASTI 2009
Characteristics: ix, 403 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Castellucci, Cecil 1969-
Black, Holly


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A collection of twenty-nine short stories about geeks.

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Dec 18, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this collection, written for young adults in the broadest sense (not just actual teenagers, but including an audience of 20s and early 30s as well). Was somewhat surprised and a bit saddened to realize that I'm not as big of a geek as I'd originally thought... It's Just A Jump To The Left includes one of the most awkward kiss-scene descriptions I've ever come across, but there really are gems in each story.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Like most anthology collections, this was a mix of the good and the "meh." As an actual, card-carrying geek, I found some of the stories simplistic and misrepresentative. On the other hand, some were just great stories. My favorites were "Secret Identity," "Quiz Bowl Antichrist," and "The King of Pelinesse" -- they had the most heart.

Apr 01, 2013

"Whether they're obsessing over pop culture, vying for the best grades, or hunching over a computer screen, nerds are passionate about their interests - sometimes for better and other times for worse. Celebrate all things nerdy with this sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking collection of short stories from an array of bestselling YA authors (and probable nerds themselves), including John Green, M.T. Anderson, Garth Nix, and Cassandra Clare." April 2013 Teen Scene newsletter

Nov 07, 2012
  • acritics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I usually enjoy short story collections and the collection included stories by some of my favorite YA authors. Plus, I had just read Ready Player One and was ready to indulge my secret inner geek some more. But most of the stories just didn’t speak to me. They were okay, just not great. My favorite parts were the cartoons between the individual stories. My favorite stories were “Quiz Bowl Antichrist” by David Levithan and “The Quiet Knight” by Garth Nix.

Oct 21, 2010
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is pure indulgence for the bookish geek. It is so geekishly indulgent it feels almost naughty. _Geektastic_ is an entire book of short stories devoted to the celebration of geeks, geek culture and the lives of geeks, and they don't discriminate against any geek types.

_Geektastic_ opens with a laugh-out-loud story that includes an all-out brawl between Trekkers/Trekkies and whatever you Star Wars nuts call yourselves (I suspect it's "cool" - that only proves you're not, you scruffy-looking nerf-herders) at a fan con. But there are stories to warm the hearts of lit geeks, analogue and digital gaming geeks, computer geeks, math geeks, theatre tech geeks, and anyone else who's ever been relegated to the wrong side of the cafeteria for thinking too hard.

Most of the stories would probably be catalogued as YA, and tend to feature teen geeks. This makes sense to anyone who has been a geek - all our seriously tortured, narratively interesting years were in high school. Because of this, some of the stories are a little vengeful rather than celebratory in tone. Still, the book as a whole is lots of fun, and is well worth picking up if you're looking for a quick, light read with lots of humour.


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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A collection of stories from the Geek Side. Characters include LARP-ers, theater geeks, Rocky Horror fans, and a baton twirler. All experience, to various degrees, the agony of not fitting in -- all grow, sometimes in big ways and sometimes in small.


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Dec 18, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

His tongue lay on hers like a piece of fish she hadn't decided whether she wanted to eat or eject. Should she do something with it? If so, what? Maybe she should dart it in and out quickly, cobra-style? [He] stopped. "Not so wide," he whispered.


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